Cox Communications’ 5G mobile phone service, known as Cox Mobile, is now available to the company’s Internet customers nationwide.
Cox Mobile offers Pay as You Gig and Gig Unlimited data plans that feature unlimited talk and text and require no long-term agreements. Cox serves almost seven million homes in 18 states.
The company’s network is supported by more than four million hotspots, which can support mobile customers and minimize the amount of time customers must spend on cellular connectivity, which Cox buys from a mobile operator on an MVNO basis.
Cox also has spectrum that could eventually be used to support cellular service. The company was one of the biggest winners in the 2020 auction of spectrum in the CBRS band.
“The convergence of wired and mobile communications has never been more important. Customers recognize Cox as a reliable provider of connectivity, so introducing a mobile phone offering was a natural extension of our services,” Cox Communications President Mark Greatrex said in a press release about the launch, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “With Cox Mobile, we are offering new mobile phone options for consumers; ones that offer flexibility, reliability and the opportunity to save money.”
Cox rolled out mobile service to Hampton Roads, VA; Omaha and Las Vegas late last August. The company told Telecompetitor that the Pay As You Gig and Gig Unlimited plans were priced at $15 per GB and $45 per GB, respectively. No pricing was included in the national launch announcement, however.
The cable industry is having considerable success in mobile.
Comcast’s consumer service, Xfinity Mobile, broke even during the first quarter of 2021.
Charter also offers mobile service. Last October, it introduced a home broadband and mobile bundle, Spectrum One, that starts at $50 per month.
Altice USA is another cable operator offering mobile service. Last July, the company rebranded the service as Optimum Mobile.